Recently, I've been hearing a lot about "black bean noodles". Most will refer to it as a korean dish, although according to Wikipedia, it originated in China. There seems to be some variation on the spelling (jajangmyeon, or zha jiang mian are just a few variations), but so long as you know how to pronounce it, that's what counts.
My friend recommended that we try it at Eastern Paradise Restaurant. It is located on the corner of S. King Street and Keeaumoku Street. There is parking available in the back of the building (entrance to the lot is either from Keeaumoku Street or S. King Street).
For starters we had the mu shu pork - this tasted like your typical mu shu pork that you'd find at any chinese restaurant.
We also tried these boiled dumplings. I'm not a fan of boiled dumplings - they always have a mushy feel to them. I prefer these to be deep fried or pan-fried. But the filling tasted pretty good.
Spicy garlic chicken - this wasn't very tasty
And here's what we came for - jajangmyeon. By just looking at the noodles you could tell they were homemade.
Here's what it looks like after the waitress mixed up the black bean sauce and noodles.
I found it hard to described what it tasted like, but it tasted pretty good. I loved the texture of the noodles.
I think we'll need to try another restaurant that serves jajangmyeon in order to determine whether this was good jajangmyeon. I'm sure every place prepares it differently.
Eastern Paradise Restaurant
1403 S. King Street